No matter where you live or what industry you work in, chances are your life is totally saturated with social media. Between Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the many other networks available to us, it can feel like you need to spend hours each week online just to keep up. And while there are many benefits to using social media, it can also be totally overwhelming – which is why it’s great to take a social media detox every once in a while. Here’s why you should consider taking a break from social media.
You’ll get more done.
One of the best reasons to take a break from social media is simply to eliminate the distraction factor. We carry our phones with us all the time, which gives us the temptation to check them and see what’s going on with our friends and family every few minutes. Social media creates a sense of urgency that makes it incredibly addicting – you want to constantly check in to make sure you didn’t miss anything. If you take a break from social media, you won’t have this distraction. This will enable you to be more productive, both at work and at home, which can really reduce your stress levels.
You can connect with friends in real life.
Social media makes it easy to connect with friends online, but sometimes it can actually be limiting when it comes to connecting with friends offline. When you see your friends’ photos and updates all the time, you might not be as motivated to reach out and make plans with them IRL. However, when you are not using social media, you’ll have to actually reach out to them “the old fashioned way” to keep up with them. This can help strengthen your bonds with your friends, and you might end up developing even more great memories with them.
You won’t be tempted to compare yourself to others.
If you have the tendency to judge yourself based on the people around you, then social media can get overwhelming very quickly. In the years since social media has become prevalent, we have seen an increase in anxiety and depression among the people who use it. This is because social media makes it very easy to compare yourself to others and feel like you aren’t keeping up. It’s very important to remember that users typically only post the good things that happen to them instead of giving an honest look at their lives. When you take a break on social media, you won’t have that temptation to compare yourself to others, and you might find that you feel healthier, happier, and more confident as a result.
You’ll get some much-needed privacy.
Social media can make us feel pressured to share every single aspect of our lives online, but for many people, this is incredibly overwhelming. Sometimes you need privacy to deal with the emotions and challenges that come your way. By taking a social media detox, you can find that privacy for yourself.